Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen's likening of Republican rhetoric on health care reform to the "big lie" tactic used by the Nazis has brought a predictable response from NewsBusters:
- MSNBC: Rep. Cohen Compares Mike Pence to Goebbels, No Challenge From Ed Schultz
- Parker Defends Rep. Cohen: He Wasn't 'Necessarily' Comparing GOP to Nazis
- After Linking Conservatives to Hateful Rhetoric, NBC Skips Dem Who Compared the GOP to Nazis
- Lawrence O'Donnell Blasts Boehner, Limbaugh But Gives Pass to Nazi-invoking Democrat
For instance, in a Nov. 22 post, Lachlan Markay played the equivocation card, declaring NPR's suggestion that Fox News is "uniquely disposed to Nazi comparisons" as "absurd claim on its face":
Of course anyone with a memory span longer than two years remembers a host of such Nazi comparisons that did not emanate from Fox News. In fact, while MSNBC and New York Times commentators were certainly fond of painting the George W. Bush administration as frighteningly fascistic or Nazi-esque, those sorts of statements did not stop once Bush left office - there were still conservatives to smear, after all.
At no point does Markay condemn Nazi comparisons by either side.